After Athens I found it was cheaper to fly back to Glasgow from Israel (with help from my British Airways Executive Club points). Luckily, I found a rather cheap flight from Athens to Tel Aviv. Why Israel? a) I found decently priced flights b) the history and c) the scenery! I had also heard that Israel is one of the safest countries to travel to alone as a solo female.
I booked a whole day tour with Abraham Tours to explore the Best of the West Bank for £77 which included a trip to the site of Jesus’ Baptism on the bank of the Jordan River, Jericho, Ramallah and Bethlehem, where we visited the Church of the Nativity and the separation Wall.
Last month I went back home to Adelaide for my dad’s 50th. Unfortunately for me, the check in process at Heathrow with the airline I chose was a complete shitfight. From the talk in the line, it seemed the flight before us was delayed, some of those people missed their flight, some of the people on my flight were put on the earlier flight, just a whole mess.
Exploring Egypt with Travel Talk Tours
Back in February my housemate/best friend Cara went to a Travel Talk expo in South West London where we ended up booking a 9 day trip to Egypt. We chose to go with the Felucca Odyssey tour and added an extra nights accommodation at the end of the trip to recover.
The cheapest flights we could find was with Austrian Airlines, which connected Heathrow to Cairo via Vienna and return.
After some late night packing on the Friday we were up and at the airport by 4.00 – rookie mistake as check in didn’t open till 4.30am and security not till 5.
After about 7 hours in transit, we reached Cairo Airport. Travel Talk supply pre and post airport transfers, so our ‘collector’ gathered us round and took our payments before going and securing us tourist visas, then it was about 30-40 minutes to the hotel.
On trying to find a suitable holiday destination with my boyfriend I had one request: I wanted to ride a camel in the desert.
During my stint in Turkey I tried to partake in every traditional cultural activity – from the food to the relaxation.
One of the things that I (and 3 other girls) tried was the Turkish bath. Also known as the Hamam, it is a place for relaxation or cleansing.
Step 1: Be Australian
Step 2: Pretend your from which ever state they love the most
Step 3: Be friendly
Step 4: Stress the fact that you are extremely poor
Step 5: Be confident enough to go somewhere with a stranger*
* a big judgement call, but we found nearly everyone in Turkey to be super hospitable and friendly.